A Muslim couple was removed from a Delta Airlines flight from Paris to Cincinnati, Ohio, for allegedly saying “Allaha” on sweating. who accused Delta Air Lines of Islamophobia for throwing them off a flight have spoken of their ordeal for the first time.

During the boarding process, a crew member on the flight had complained to the pilot that she was uncomfortable with the Muslim couple seated in the second row of economy class, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. The woman was wearing a head scarf and using a phone, and the man was sweating and said the word “Allah,” the flight attendant allegedly told the pilot.

The Alis are American citizens who moved here from Pakistan 16 years ago. They have three children, who Nazia Ali said they were eager to see upon returning home. This couple were waiting for about 45 minutes on a Delta Air Lines flight in Paris to fly back to Cincinnati, Ohio when a Delta employee asked the couple to exit the aircraft as he needed to ask them questions.

“We asked if we should get our stuff and he said, ‘Yes, take all of your stuff as you won’t be on that flight’,” Ms Ali told The Independent. “That was really alarming.”

Delta Airline issued the following statement:

Delta Airline condemns discrimination toward our customers in regards to age, race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or gender. As a global airline that brings hundreds of thousands of people together every day, Delta is deeply committed to treating all of our customers with respect. Delta continues its investigation into this matter and will issue a full refund of these customers’ airfare